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105.9 The Region

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OTTAWA — The federal government’s handling of COVID-19 vaccination campaign is set to dominate the agenda when Parliament resumes today. Members of Parliament are expected to work together to again allow virtual attendance in the House of Commons as many provinces remain in lockdown during the second wave of the pandemic. They are also set […]

TORONTO — Schools in seven public health units across southern Ontario reopen for in-person classes today.  Education Minister Stephen Lecce says that means 100,000 students will be returning to the classroom for the first time since before the winter break.  The province is implementing more safety measures in areas where schools are reopening, including requiring […]

TORONTO — A court hearing is scheduled today in the case of Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, who is charged with sex-related offences. Pre-trial motions are expected to get underway, with a trial set for April — though there may be further delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoggard has […]

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A man and a woman in their 60s have died after a weekend house fire in Peterborough, Ont. A news release from Peterborough Police Service says officers and fire services attended the home on Gillespie Avenue early Saturday morning. Officials say a 69-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man are dead. Police are […]

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament will return to the House of Commons on Monday following a month-long break that was anything but restful for the main federal parties, who are coming back battered and bruised from different controversies. One of the first orders of business will be for MPs to decide how Parliament will continue […]

TORONTO — The Canadian military is set to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Indigenous communities in northern Ontario. Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says on Twitter the Canadian Armed Forces will support vaccine efforts in 32 communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. The move comes after a request from the province for assistance […]

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 1,457 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 41 additional deaths linked to the virus. Twelve of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while the rest occurred earlier or at an unknown date.  Hospitalizations declined for the fifth straight day, down by 56 to 1,327.  Of those patients, […]

TORONTO — Dr. Jamie Spiegelman at first refused the COVID-19 vaccine. As a critical care doctor at Humber River Hospital in northwest Toronto, one of the worst COVID-ravaged regions in the country, he meets the definition of a front-line worker. But he thought there were others, from nurses to respiratory therapists, who needed it first. […]

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 2,417 new cases of COVID-19 today and 102 more deaths related to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 785 new cases in Toronto, 404 in Peel Region, 215 in York Region and 121 in Niagara. Over 48,900 tests have been completed in Ontario over the past 24 […]

TORONTO — George Armstrong, who captained the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in the ’60s and wore the blue and white his entire career, has died. He was 90. The Maple Leafs confirmed the death Sunday on Twitter. Armstrong played a record 1,187 games with 296 goals and 417 assists over 21 seasons […]